We took advantage of Wi-Fi at our favorite Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse) in Pocone to check in with family and friends, and keep up with business. Eduardo met us after lunch with visitors from Britain, who would be driving to the Pantanal with us with Ethan as their guide, and James as their driver. Our truck, a 1998 Mitsubishi, was handed over to us two days ago after repairs in Cuiaba.
Driving in, we had a relaxing chorus of the Pantanal’s birds, and just at the beginning of pôr do sol (sunset), our truck added its own verse as the engine sputtered out its last breath. Fortunately, our visitors, Paul and Sue, had been stranded on a ship for half a day on a previous vacation, so this was all part of the adventure. We were only a few kilometers from Mato Grosso Hotel, and once we secured cell phone reception, they kindly sent a truck to retrieve us and prepared dinner while we waited for Tito, Pantaneiro guide and a friend of Ethan’s, to make the hour-and-a-half drive from the Lodge.
James and Ethan checked out the car, and good news is it looks like an easy fix - a new hose for the oil – it could be ready tomorrow – or in Brazil tomorrow’s tomorrow.